Cara Hoffman

Cara Hoffman is the author of So Much Pretty. The novel, which has been lauded by critics, including those from the New York Times and NPR, examines a violent mystery that occurs in a small town.

Hoffman grew up in upstate New York, and after dropping out of high school, spent three years writing and working as an agricultural laborer and runner in Europe and the Middle East. In the 1990s, she returned to the United States, became a mother, and began working as an investigative reporter at a daily newspaper. She covered New York State's rural and Rust Belt communities for over a decade, reporting on environmental politics, county legislatures, and crime. In 2000 she received a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for her writing on the aesthetics of violence and its impact on children. In 2009, she received a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Goddard College.

She lives in Manhattan with her son and works as a writing tutor at the Lower Eastside Girls Club.